of a Native Son
- 175 pages Reissue edition (August 1990)
Beacon Pr; ISBN:
Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction
collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. Langston
Hughes hailed Baldwin as a "straight-from-the-shoulder writer, writing
about the troubled problems of this troubled earth with an illuminating
intensity....Few American writers handle words more effectively in the
essay form than James Baldwin." Baldwin's impassioned essays on life
in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African-Americans abroad are
as powerful today as when they were first written.
February 26, 1958
Notes of a Native Son
By LANGSTON HUGHES
I think that one definition of the great artist might be the creator who
projects the biggest dream in terms of the least person. There is
something in Cervantes or Shakespeare, Beethoven or Rembrandt or
Louis Armstrong that millions can understand. The American native
son who signs his name James Baldwin is quite a ways off from fitting
such a definition of a great artist in writing, but he is not as
far off as many another writer who deals in picture captions of
journalese in the hope of capturing and retaining a wide public.
James Baldwin writes down to nobody, and he is trying very hard
to write up to himself. As an essayist he is thought-provoking,
tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words
as the sea uses waves, to flow and beat, advance and retreat, rise
and take a bow in disappearing. [read
- James Baldwin
- annotated time line of publications and major events.
Baldwin: An Appreciation - by John Stevenson. Featured in
The Boston Book Review.
Baldwin: Teacher Resource File - provides links to biographies,
bibliographies, criticism, electronic text, lesson plans, and
Online: James Baldwin - biography, critical overview, and
and Resistance: James Balwin - provides biography, bibliography,
criticism, and links.